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Coaching Update - Douttas Lock In Coach, Women's Vacancies Emerge

By Tara Murray

A FAMILIAR face is returning to the coaching seat, with Paul Barnard announced as the Stars’ new men’s coach on Thursday night.

Barnard, who has previously coached Craigieburn, has been involved with the Stars for a number of years.

He was an assistant coach under his Essendon premiership teammate Dean Wallis and has also been on the club’s committee.

His son also plays at the club.

Barnard replaces another former Essendon player Kyle Hardingham, who is moving back to Western Australia.

HILLSIDE has secured last year’s EDFL Women’s - Premier Coach of the Year, Justin Fairservice, for next season.

Fairservice, who has coached the Sharks women’s side since day one, has helped develop a strong program at the club.

Last year they surprised everyone in making the preliminary final, with the club set to field two sides this season before it was cancelled.

GREENVALE has named experienced Troy Newton as its women’s coach for next season.

Newton has been an assistant coach for Williamstown’s VFLW side and he has had an ongoing role as part of the Calder Cannons’ girl’s program.

He has also coached EDFL representative sides and was previously president at Taylors Lakes Football Club.

Newton replaces Joe Gazzo, who has stood down due to family reasons.

THE Sunbury Kangaroos are on the hunt for a new women’s coach, after Brian Millett decided not to continue on.

Millett was appointed in late 2019, but didn’t get to coach a match after this season was cancelled.

The Kangaroos have advertised the role, with details on their Facebook page.

CHRIS Tankard won’t continue on as women’s coach at the Lions.

Tankard, who had previously coached the men’s side, was named as women’s coach for this season before it was cancelled.

The club has advertised for a new women’s coach.

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